The Art Ensemble of Chicago

It’s been a while since I posted anything from the outer reaches of the musical universe, so I thought I’d try this one out on you. It was recorded live in 1984 by the Art Ensemble of Chicago with the great Cecil Taylor as special guest on piano. Extrapolating from the comments on Youtube, I confidently predict that quite a lot of you will hate this but, for what it’s worth, I think the Art Ensemble of Chicago was one of the most consistently creative groups of musicians active in avant-garde Jazz from the 1960s, when it was formed, until the death in 1999 of their inspirational trumpeter Lester Bowie. Their music might be a bit too far “out there” for many tastes, but I love it. So there.


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